The Quotient ~ 4.16.15

0. There are no tough decisions. Really. When you toss a coin in the air, you already know what side you want it to land on.

1. Despite my passion for teaching high school mathematics, my deep understanding of mathematics needs to improve greatly.

2. There are many things I get. Leadership is certainly not one of them. How can I inspire a group of people to be better than they ever thought they could be?

3. No matter how much it is emphasized, planning is still underrated.

4. In conjunction with 3: improvisation and adaptation is aided immensely by effective planning, but both are still incredibly hard to accomplish successfully.

5. If you’re not moving forward, you’re going backwards.

6. I consistently seem disappointed at the end of every school year. I always feel as if I could have done more, or at least something different, to help my kids attain higher levels of success. I sense the same feeling arising now as we approach May. I know why, but why?

7. Could you guys move in a little bit? There’s a lot of people trying to get on. It would be helpful, thanks.

8. Sometimes you win. Sometimes you learn.

9. I’m not sure why, but during the last couple of weeks I have felt like I did during my first few of years of teaching. Hungry, eager, overly energetic.

10. How I respond to a student makes or breaks a situation. Don’t pierce their armor.

11. PD need not be boring to achieve its goals. Teachers expect that. Next time, catch them by surprise.

12. I see complacent and lackadaisical mindsets forming in young teachers. Its all around them. Its easy. It goes with the flow. Its deceptively harmful. And dangerous.

13. How can I help? What do you need from me?

14. I need a write up about the impact of MfA on my teaching.

15. How will this summer play a role in my continuous development as a teacher?




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